Timothy M. Bonds

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Senior Fellow
Santa Monica Office


M.B.A. in business administration, Washington University in St. Louis; M.S. in aero/astro engineering, University of Illinois; B.S. in aero/astro engineering, University of Michigan

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Timothy M. Bonds is a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation. From 2011 to 2019, he was vice president, Army Research Division, and director of the RAND Arroyo Center. Previously, he served as acting director from 2009 to 2010, deputy director from 2003 to 2009, and director of the Aerospace Force Development Program within RAND Project AIR FORCE from 1999 to 2003. A member of the RAND staff for over twenty-eight years, Bonds has led a variety of studies for the Arroyo Center, Project AIR FORCE, and the National Defense Research Institute. Areas of emphasis include assessing the economic, technical, and social impacts of the 5G Era; forces and capabilities needed to meet national security objectives and commitments; evaluating C2 (command and control) capabilities; personnel mission-day metrics; and military employment of commercial space systems and services. He has served as a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, and as consultant to the Army Science Board. Among his most recent publications are Securing America's 5G Era; America’s Strategy-Resource Mismatch: Addressing the Gaps Between U.S. National Strategy and Military Capacity; Limiting Regret: Building the Army We Will Need; Strategy-Policy Mismatch: How the US Army Can Help Close Gaps in Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction; and Army Deployments to OIF and OEF. Prior to joining RAND, Bonds spent nine years in the aerospace industry, where he developed hypersonic vehicles. He holds an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.S. in aero/astro engineering from the University of Illinois.

Selected Publications

Timothy M. Bonds, Michael Johnson, Paul S. Steinberg, Limiting Regret: Building the Army We Will Need, RAND Corporation (RR-1320), 2015

Timothy M. Bonds, Dave Baiocchi, Laurie L. McDonald, Army Deployments to OIF and OEF, RAND Corporation (DB-587), 2010

Timothy M. Bonds et al., Measuring the Tempo of the Mobility Air Forces, RAND Corporation (TR-150), 2005

Timothy M. Bonds et al., Employing Commercial Satellite Communications, RAND Corporation (MR-1192), 2000

Timothy M. Bonds, Eric V. Larson, Derek Eaton, Richard E. Darilek, Strategy-Policy Mismatch: How the U.S. Army Can Help Close Gaps in Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, RAND Corporation (RR-541), 2014

Timothy M. Bonds, James Bonomo, Daniel Gonzales, C Richard Neu, Sam Absher, Edward Parker, Spencer Pfeifer, Jen Brookes, Julia Brackup, Jordan Willcox, Dave Frelinger, Anita Szafran, America's 5G Era: Gaining Competitive Advantages While Securing the Country and Its People, RAND (PE-A435-1), 2020 (forthcoming)

Timothy M. Bonds, Joel B. Predd, Timothy R. Heath, Michael S. Chase, Michael Johnson, Michael J. Lostumbo, James Bonomo, Muharrem Mane, Paul S. Steinberg, What Role Can Land-Based, Multi-Domain Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) Forces Play in Deterring or Defeating Aggression? (RR-1820), 2017

Timothy M. Bonds, Michael J. Mazarr, James Dobbins, Michael J. Lostumbo, Michael Johnson, David A. Shlapak, Jeffrey Martini, Scott Boston, Cristina L. Garafola, John Gordon IV, Sonni Efron, Paul S. Steinberg, Yvonne K. Crane, Daniel M. Norton, America's Strategy-Resource Mismatch Addressing the Gaps Between U.S. National Strategy and Military Capacity, RAND (RR-2691), 2019